Writing

Where can I find information about how to write?

Entry last updated: 19/11/20

Introduction

Writing is another way of communicating. Written communication can be in many different formats such as essays, reports, speeches, stories and more. The websites below have information and writing skills to help you with the different forms of writing.

Essays and reports

Essays are short pieces of writing about a particular subject. Reports are written investigations of a topic that finish with a recommendation. The websites below will help you write your essay or report.

Learn skills

This website has been put together by the State Library of Victoria for Australian school students.

  • From the front page select the link to Essay writing skills .
  • Follow the links to find out more information about different parts of essay writing.
Tips: We like sites that are from government or other reputable organisations, because we can trust the information. You can sometimes tell these sites by their web address – they might have .gov or .edu in their address – or by looking at their About us or Contact pages.

BBC Bitesize Secondary

This online learning website for students from the UK has lots of helpful learning areas for topics including writing.

Tips: While the information on the BBC Bitesize site is very reliable, most video clips do not work in New Zealand.

Fact Monster

Fact Monster is an online encyclopedia and homework site. It has lots of basic facts and is a good starting point for all sorts of questions. If you scroll down to the bottom of the site, you will see it’s run by Pearson Education, a publisher of educational books.

Tips: Some websites have advertisements (or ads) which ask us to buy something or tell us to ‘click here’. It’s best to ignore these ads and focus on the information we’re looking for.

Britannica School Middle

Britannica school is one of the EPIC databases. EPIC is a collection of reliable databases covering lots of different topics. It’s put together especially for New Zealand school students and helps to answer questions like this.

  • Enter 'report writing' into the search bar.
  • Find the article Report writing which has all the steps for writing a report.
Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Creative writing and poetry

Creative writing is imaginative writing and includes stories , poems , and scripts . The websites below will give you some tips on creative writing.

BBC Bitesize Secondary

This BBC website also has tips for creative writing and poems.

StudyIt

StudyIt is an online learning website for New Zealand secondary students and it has advice and tips on creative writing, including short stories.

  • Go to the English tab.
  • Select Level 1.
  • Go to Creative writing.
  • Next select Subject content for information about the writing process.
  • Follow links to other sites for more information.
Tips: We like sites like this because they’re reliable. You can tell because of their web address – they have either .govt or .ac, meaning they are from government or educational organisations. They’re also New Zealand sites, so relevant for us.

Britannica School Middle

Britannica also has information about creative writing.

  • Search for 'Creative writing'.
  • The article creative writing has lots of tips for creative writing and includes examples from well known writers.
Tips: Britannica School also offers links to related resources like Web's Best Sites.
Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Speeches

As well as presenting written work, you may also need to make oral presentations in the form of a speech. The websites below will help you write your speech and then present it.

StudyIT

StudyIt also has tips for writing and presenting your speech.

  • Go to the English tab.
  • Select Level 1.
  • Go to Speech oral presentation.
  • Select Subject content for information on writing speeches.

BBC Bitesize Secondary

This BBC website also has tips for speeches.

  • Under England choose KS3 .
  • Then English.
  • Look down the page to Non-fiction writing.
  • Find How to write a speech.

Books

Your school library or local public library may have books on writing. We have suggested some titles below:

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